'Willow' wallpaper

William Morris, Morris & Co., and Jeffrey & Co.designed 1874, printed before 1940

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

'Willow' was designed by William Morris in 1874. The pattern is a simple stylised representation of willow branches on a plain background. In 1887, Morris adapted the design to create 'Willow Bough' wallpaper, a more naturalistic version of this earlier pattern. 'Willow' was produced in several colourways, firstly using tonal shades on coloured backgrounds and later introducing colours on a white background, as in this example (Morris & Co. colourway no.379).


  • Title: 'Willow' wallpaper
  • Creator: William Morris, Morris & Co., Jeffrey & Co.
  • Date Created: designed 1874, printed before 1940
  • Location Created: Islington, London, England
  • Type: wallpaper
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 106.7 x 57.2 cm
  • Object Number: B44
  • Medium: block-printed in distemper on paper

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